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Monday, April 18, 2011
Illinois State Senator Roger Keats - On moving to Texas from Illinois
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The Honorable Talmadge Heflin, Director of Texas Public Policy Foundation
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Michael Quinn Sullivan, President of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility
Friday, January 14, 2011
Stephen Moore, Editorial Editor of Wall Street Journal

Gov. Perry believes that dollars do more to create jobs and prosperity in the hands of the people, not in the hands of government, which is why he is committed to balancing the state budget without raising taxes. In these difficult economic times, state government must do what families and businesses across Texas have been doing – separate wants from needs, identify priorities, and reduce spending.

As we work through the budget process this session, Gov. Perry is committed to working with lawmakers to identify savings, make government more streamlined and efficient, and cut spending while protecting essential services. He’s also committed to strengthening the principles that have helped Texas lead the nation in job creation for the past decade and avoid the worst of the national economic recession. This includes keeping taxes low, maintaining a reasonable and predictable regulatory climate and fair legal system, and supporting an accountable education system.

Strengthening these sound, conservative fiscal principles will help ensure Texas continues to be the best place to live, work and raise a family.

Action Items

» Gov. Perry successfully worked with lawmakers to pass a balanced budget that protects essential services without raising taxes, while maintaining more than $6 billion in the state's Rainy Day Fund which will keep the state equipped to respond to potential natural disasters or ongoing national economic challenges.

» The governor kept his promise in 2009 to cut taxes on small businesses, cutting taxes for 40,000 small businesses. This session, he successfully fought to extend those cuts until 2014.

» The governor signed HB 4 during the regular session, which reduces spending on state government in the current biennium (2010-11) by more than $1 billion.

News & Announcements

  • Tuesday, October 02, 2012 • Houston, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Texas is Nation’s Epicenter for Job Creation
    Texas Governor Rick Perry spoke at the International Economic Development Council's 2012 Annual Conference in Houston on Tuesday, October 2, 2012
    Gov. Rick Perry highlighted why Texas continues to be the best place to live, work, raise a family and start a business, including our commitment to responsible fiscal principles. The governor spoke at the International Economic Development Council's 2012 Annual Conference, which focused on the challenges and opportunities of growing jobs and investment in today's global economy.
  • Thursday, September 27, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Renews Call for Permanent Small Business Tax Exemption at Google for Entrepreneurs Day
    Gov. Rick Perry spoke at Google for Entrepreneurs Day, and renewed his call to make the small business tax exemption permanent in the upcoming legislative session. The governor also highlighted his commitment to bolstering Texas’ culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation by strengthening the conservative fiscal principles that have helped the state prosper.
  • Wednesday, September 26, 2012 • Fort Worth, Texas  • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Calls for Greater Truth in Budgeting
    Gov. Rick Perry called on Texas lawmakers to practice greater truth in budgeting during the upcoming legislative session. The governor was joined by Rep. Mark Shelton and Rep. Bill Zedler.
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2012 • Houston, Texas  • Press Release
    Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst Call for Stricter Constitutional Spending Limit
    Gov. Rick Perry renewed his call for a stricter Constitutional spending limit for Texas’ state budget ahead of the upcoming legislative session. The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick to reiterate their commitment to the sound conservative policies that have made our state prosperous.
  • Tuesday, June 05, 2012 • San Antonio, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Calls on Agencies to Identify 10 Percent Budget Savings
    Gov. Rick Perry announced the Governor’s Office and Legislative Budget Board (LBB) have directed state agencies to develop their legislative appropriations requests for the 2014-2015 biennial budget, including identifying 10 percent savings (in five percent increments) in general revenue-related funding. The governor discussed the directive and his commitment to keeping Texas on the path to prosperity at a discussion about the Texas economy hosted by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and emceed by talk radio host Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo.